Mpls. mayor attended Vatican climate, trafficking workshop

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges participated in a Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking July 21-22, where she and other mayors from around the world explored how their cities could contribute to solutions.

Pope Francis addressed attendees before they signed a declaration that included the affirmation that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity.”

“I can see why he inspires people,” Hodges said of the pope to the Star Tribune newspaper.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences hosted the conference, titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities.”

“The active contribution of local governments is crucial in the fight against these two emergencies,” the academy stated on its website.

It also stated the conference’s main objective was to bolster support for the United Nations to consider human trafficking a crime against humanity, and to “put moral pressure on” the UN to give sufficient weight to human trafficking and climate change in its sustainable development goals, which will be approved in September, and at its Paris summit on climate change in December.

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